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By which I mean, I am looking for advice on whether a travel agent could help me with my airline booking problem.
We are planning a holiday in Sept-Oct. The plan is to fly to Barcelona, from Newfoundland, Canada, and spend 5-7 days there. Then fly to Athens, take a Greek island cruise (the one we want goes from Sept. 28-Oct. 5), then fly from Athens to Crete, spend and couple of nights on Crete, and fly home.
Yes, I know Barcelona and Greece are not a common pairing; long story, not relevent to my current problem.
Here is my problem, for anyone patient enough to read and offer advice.

When I try to book online:
The only international carrier that flies out of NL is Air Canada. Booking through the AC website (in addition to being $300 more) will not let me book Barcelona to Athens (pop-up, you cannot book this leg of your journey online). Then it won't let me book from Heraklion to Athens, and it won't offer a flight from Athens late enough (i.e. after 9 am) to let me fly from Heraklion to Athens. So the security of booking through an airline is out.

None of the consolidators I've tried (Travelocity, Expedia, Kayak) will offer a flight from Barcelona to Athens. They all offer flights through random places (FCN, FRA, etc) that take 7-10 hrs and cost $300-700, although both Iberia and Aegean fly from Barcelona to AThens.
So, my current option seems to be: book through (e.g.) Expedia for St. John's-Barcelona, and Heraklion - St. John's, then book Barcelona-Athens and Athens-Heraklion separately through Aegean. AND, the options all give me about 90 min. for changing in London--which my memories of London suggest as possibility for major issues.

NOW, the question (If you've ploughed through all this). Is there any point in taking this to my local (small town) travel agent? Will they be able to improve the situation, or would I just be paying for them to come up with the same problem? Would they have a chance of getting more workable suggestions for the same price? Price is important to 2 retired schoolteachers who've never won a lottery!

Any smart Fodorites with suggestions?

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